Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Checking In

Hello my friends, sorry it has been so long since I checked in. This is taking some getting used to with the many ups and downs..actually not that many downs at all, but just trying to get it all organized..whew!

 Once again, I want to thank you for the outpouring of love that you have sent my way, with your special comments, emails and continual thoughts and prayers..I have truly felt them all and can honestly say I am sincerely content and calm in this place right now.

The pace of the rest of my testing is not rushed and I will just now be having a more complete CAT scan on Friday that will determine if a PET scan will be next. I chose Drs. and facilities that are not in our Preferred Provider Insurance but will still have excellent coverage once those extra 'hoops' are jumped through.




Sunday after church, I felt pooped but couldn't turn down an invite from our son and daughter in law to go with to choose their Christmas tree and watch as 'daddy' cut it down.

The family run tree farm had quite a set up with an area for the children to pet and feed some of the most adorable farm animals...the girls just loved it.




Here are the girls with our precious daughter in law....'bout ready to burst with our next granddaughter that is to be born any day now....yippey!!!



The girls have decided on the perfect tree..."Go ahead and cut it down daddy"!

It was a fun outing and a blessing in disguise as I am not usually down at the City House at this time and miss out on some special things quite often.


I have someone to introduce you to......that I will be spending some 'quality' time with for awhile.... 

 


This is 'Ida', yes I have named my Chemo pole and I will tell you a short story as to how I chose that name.

Years ago, when I was in High School, my great aunt Ida lived within walking distance of our home and so we could expect her to pop by for a proper cup of English tea from time to time.  She was fascinating and irritating all at the same time, if that makes any sense.  She also prided herself in having the powers of ESP (that would be the irritating part) which she took much more seriously than most of the rest of her family....except of course my grandmother (her older sister) who would state that Ida's predictions would most certainly come  to pass.

One fateful visit she has brought along a new 'gift'...the power of reading the life line on ones hand, since my hands just happened to  be innocently holding my fine bone china cup of tea...they were ripe for the picking...Oh boy, here we go I thought.

She started off looking at my wrist, to see how many lines I had all around..which counted  the children you would have.  She happily pointed out that I had 3 "good strong" ones and so would have 3 children....

I did have 3 children and so at this point will tell you in no uncertain terms that I have never believed in this business and never will...even though I had 3 strong children.

Then the palm was examined and there was much tsk, tsk tsking and clicking of the tongue and the bad news was pronounce..."You have a break in your lifeline...it is an illness in midlife but look, you survive and have a very long life."

Remember, I don't believe in this stuff but when you are told that at that age, you do carry it with and occasionally look at it and laugh and tell the story through  the years.  So my sweet husband was told many years ago when we were first together...well actually Auntie Ida probably showed it to him her very self on my very hand...Oh my, it is all coming back to me now. haha.

So, guess what my husband said to me not even hours after that first freaky exam by the midwife up in Mt. Vernon, when all we knew was I had a large tumor on my cervix and bled like a stuck pick when I got a simple pap smear and it probably was cancer......

He said..."That must be that break in your lifeline that Auntie Ida said  would be an illness in midlife and that you would be fine".....My sweet husband...

So that is the story of naming the pole Ida...if she got me into this mess then she is going  to have to go through it with me...hahahahahaha...life is funny.

I'd better get to bed.. I think I am feeling the radiation treatment  today.

Much love to you all..I will  try to check back in sooner.   xo


28 comments:

Daydream Living said...

Love the Ida story! Take your time and get your much needed rest, thanks for sharing this,
Maureen x

ted and bunny said...

I love the fact you've called her Ida...someone said to me prior to treatment "remember to welcome it in, and it'll work all the better" so as they hooked up and switched on, we made lots of welcoming remarks and polite welcoming gestures which had the nurses in stitches- they said we were the only people who were saying yay, break out the chemo!

Just remember rest...and then a little rest before the next rest!
xx

Christine Nees said...

Loved your post!!!!
Gods speed to a wonderful restful recovery!!
Hugs!
Chris :o)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Glad you could go along to pick out the tree, the girls are cute! Take care:@)

Katiebee said...

So happy you were able to be a part of tree picking! Loved your aunt Ida story~ I think of you every day my friend!

hugs & many prayers~

katie

Sandra said...

So good to hear from you and know you are doing well.

Love the Ida story, I think it's an appropriate name for the chemo pole :)

Hope you get some rest in. Still praying for you.

mamas collection said...

Healing prayers upon you, my cyber friend!

Comfrey Cottages said...

Great story Sherri. Keeping you in my heart and prayers. Sending healing, supportive energy to you also xxxxxx

Lori @ Studio Waterstone said...

What a wonderful story! And what a sweet husband. You know, attitude is everything! Hugs. Rest and take care.

Paula said...

Well, Ida will be looking out for you during your treatment!

Great story! You have a positive attitude and that will help you in the weeks ahead. I'm still praying here in Douglas, AK!

I think after you are all better, you should come up to visit me from WA, and Kimberly should come down from Canada and we can all have a jolly time in Juneau!!

Alison said...

Sending hugs, Sherri! Your grandchildren are beautiful. I'm glad you named your chemo pole Ida, it shows you still have your sense of humor. What a strange woman she must have been.

camp and cottage living said...

Sherri
You are a wonder! I'm so happy for the strength you've been given.
And I'm not one for all that hocus pocus either, but I'd hang on to that prediction. I, like, Ida predict you'll make it through all of this.
Your family is so sweet!Such adorable little girls. I can't beleive you DIL is due anyday. She doesn't look that far along.
Blessings to you! KImberly

vintage grey said...

Sweet photos and glad you got to spend some wonderful time with those cuties!! Keeping you in my prayers!! Hugs and much love to you, Heather

Dorothy said...

Great Aunt Ida story! I see why you named your pole "Ida"!
How nice that you got to go see the grandchildren pick out their tree.
Prayers are going up for you to have a complete recovery.

Michelle said...

Good ole Antie Ida. She told me that I would have a nervous breakdown in my twenties and, well...I was agoraphobic for many years, as you well know. Could it be the power of suggestion? Hahaha! We will never know.

I remember how she would want me to listen to her sing (off key,I might add). I think "Ida" is a perfect name for your IV pole. She is probably up in heaven as we speak, bragging about her namesake pole...Ha! Just be glad the pole can't sing.

Stay strong my warrior sister!

Karen said...

That pole/pump looks kinda like an 'Aunt Ida' to me...
Lovely outing photos on the Christmas tree adventure too !!
As always, keeping you in my prayers and in my thoughts...
xo♥xo

Lap Dog Knits said...

sending best wishes....the prayers?
He hears them and is staying so very close to you..
Trust with all your heart..

hugs...
kyle

Lindsay Jewell said...

It's so good to hear from you. It's kinda funny how stuff like that stays with you when you're a kid, even if it's just a coincidence.

Your post just reminded me... When I was a kid, my grandmother had llamas that my uncle and I would walk over to the Wheeler's Tree Farm every Christmas for their nativity scene. I think that's where we'll buy our tree this year, even though we no longer have the llamas. It'll be my first 'real' Christmas tree here at the nest, and I can't wait!

Anyway, take care of yourself, Sherri, and update us when you can.

Nantucket Daffodil said...

smiles across the miles

Annmarie Pipa said...

yes..that is a story I think most of us would remember...on our second date my husband (my date then) went to get our palms read too...we do not believe in this stuff either, although we may have then...
your princess granddaughters are so adorable!!
good luck with everything going on. You can count on my prayers for you (and your family)...if you close your eyes and concentrate you will feel the peace.

polkadotpeticoat said...

My grandma's name was Ida.....love that you named your pole.....what little sweethearts you have.....take care love you,Heidi

Florida Farm Girl said...

What a great story! Aunt Ida will surely see you through. Hope you're feeling well.

Kami said...

Oh, Aunt Ida. But I do have to say that the predictions are a bit eerily on course....

Sherry said...

If Ida got you into this, she will get you out. I hope she doesn't tire you out too much with her current version of partying.

Monica said...

Thinking of you and best wishes!

Lori @ Studio Waterstone said...

Just a reminder...thinking of you and praying for you constantly.

Annmarie Pipa said...

hope things are going well for you.

Nantucket Daffodil said...

Hope you are feeling ok. Sending you strength and joy across the miles.